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SHEPHERDSVILLE - Just 24-hours after being maimed by Bullitt East on their home court, the Bullitt Central Cougars had to get on a bus Tuesday and head to Buckner to take on Oldham County, another team that has played in the last two state basketball tournaments.
This time, Bullitt Central found the pace of action a little more to their liking and that kept the game close. Still, Oldham County got the ‘W’ as they recorded a 58-44 victory.
“Oldham County is a good team,” veteran Bullitt Central head coach Joe Pat Lee said. “We played OK. They slowed it down and that benefits us. We struggled some on defense. We just couldn’t get any stops.”
Lee wasn’t looking for any excuses about his team having to bounce back from an emotional game the night before.
“It’s basketball,” the coach pointed out. “You are in high school. If you can’t get up for a game then you are in the wrong sport.”
Bullitt Central (5-9) did get 13 points from junior point guard Jacob Wampler as well as 12 points from Brett Bourland and 10 from senior Jake Gillard.
Oldham County (11-5) was paced by Anthony Lape with 16 points.
The Cougars did have a game last Friday against North Bullitt (see the results in Wednesday’s paper). The maroon and gray will be back in action on Monday night when they play host to Kentucky Country Day in a JV-varsity doubleheader.
At Oldham County
BULLITT CENTRAL 44 (8-13-10-13) Jacob Wampler 13, Aaron Duckett 5, Jake Gillard 10, Brett Bourland 12, Colin Trent 2, Cameron Dukes 2.
OLDHAM COUNTY 58 (12-21-9-16) Gruber 5, Masters 9, Lape 16, Kopp 11, Hicks 11, Johnson 4, Wills 2.
Lady Cougars Fall
Just a few days before a scheduled JV-varsity contest against Jeffersontown, Bullitt Central Lady Cougar head coach Kyle Roach was notified that the Lady Chargers had only enough players for a single game, the varsity contest.
Apparently, all the good players for Jeffersontown made the grade as the Lady Chargers galloped through Shepherdsville and defeated Bullitt Central 62-53.
The game was completely even through the first two quarters as the score was 14-14 and then 25-25 at the first two stops. The difference came in the third quarter as the visitors went on a 19-8 surge.
“We made a run late, but it was not that close,” first-year Bullitt Central head coach Kyle Roach said later in the week. “We couldn’t score that game. We shot like 28 percent in the game.”
Jeffersontown scored 19 points in the third quarter which included four three-pointers.
Jeffersontown standout Daphene Brown, who had scored 30 points against Bullitt East four nights earlier in a 26-point loss to Bullitt East, scored 23 points in this game to set the pace for the visitors.
“Brown killed us,” Roach said. “Everything she threw up went in. They shot at will.”
Bullitt Central answered with 24 points from senior Kayla Riggs but she was the only Lady Cougar to reach double-digits in points.
After playing North Bullitt last Friday, Bullitt Central was to be back in action on Tuesday against Western. That is another game that will be varsity only with the game set to start at 6 p.m.
At Bullitt Central
JEFFERSONTOWN 62 (14-11-19-18) Calderon 9, White 12, McHale 5, Ross 1, Brown 23, Martin 12.
BULLITT CENTRAL 53 (14-11-8-20) Kayla Riggs 24, Belle Leonard 2, Kasey Renfrow 2, Katie Hutchison 5, Stephanie Still 2, Haley Johns 3, Chasity Hodge 8, Alexis Graham 5, Breanna Richardson 2.
Eagles Hit the Road
If there is one thing that North Bullitt head coach Brian Courtney would like to see more out of his team, it would be maturity.
In this situation, maturity equals consistency. On an inexperienced and relatively young team, the Eagles have been maddeningly inconsistent.
One of those cases came last Monday when the green and gold got on a bus and headed to an old haunt, traveling over an hour up I-71 to Bedford to take on former Eighth Region rival Trimble County. This time, the road hit back as the Eagles (9-9) were stunned 70-53.
“We went up there and weren’t ready to play from the tip,” Courtney said a few days later. “That’s all it was. We had played really well on the previous Friday (in a win over Whitefield Academy) and then weren’t ready on Friday.
“That’s the maturity of this team,” the coach added. “We’re 60 percent through the season, but we’re still young.”
The first quarter was not horrible for the Eagles, but then the green and gold were outscored 36-19 over the next two quarters and they could not recover.
It was an important lesson for the Eagles to also learn that when you go into a different region, with different officials that you have to adjust. That didn’t happen as Trimble County (10-5) converted 27 of 33 chances at the foul line while North Bullitt was only five of eight.
The Eagles were led by senior Zac Lamkin with 17 points while junior Jarred George had 14 points. Senior Lucas Johnson added 10 points.
Evan Long led all scorers in the game with 21 points for the Raiders.
At Trimble County
NORTH BULLITT 53 (13-9-10-21) Jared George 14, Zac Lamkin 17, Lucas Johnson 10, Justin Clayton 2, Ricky Dunnavan 5, Chance Mackenzie 2, Justin Pate 3.
TRIMBLE COUNTY 70 (15-18-18-19) Dunaway 19, Young 9, Brooks 8, Keysbrod 2, Long 21, Merrill 11.